Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible (2013): Full Review – Part 3

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 4:36:32 by

With the side windows and windscreen up and the Air Scarf and heated seats keeping me toasty, there’s no situation short of snow or rain that could convince me not to take a moment and drop the top. Wind noise is so low that I was able to have a conversation with my passenger or make a hands-free call without shouting. Factor in four-level seat massage motors and driving the SL550 with the adaptive cruise control set to 85 mph is downright relaxing. Hopefully, not so relaxing that you doze off, or the Attention Assist drowsiness detection system will start beeping at you.

Of course, there may be a time when you have to raise the top and treat the SL like a coupe. With the top up, the SL goes from remarkably quiet for a Roadster to silent as a tomb. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still be able to enjoy the sky, which is where the optional (and ridiculously named) Mercedes-Benz Magic Sky Control comes in. This $2,500 transparent glass roof panel blocks UV and IR light from entering the cabin while still letting visible light in. However, at the touch of a button, the glass can be made almost completely opaque, shading the driver and passenger from the sun. It’s pretty amazing and drew many oohs and ahhs from passengers. If you’ve ever seen an automatically dimming rearview mirror, you already have a pretty good idea of how this “tint on demand” system works on a much smaller scale.

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